Kirkland & Ellis has bolstered its London base with the addition of Ashurst partner Catherine Gokah in the latest step in its market disruptive fund strategy.
Gokah will join the firm’s investment fund group from Ashurst, where she spent more than three years. She was promoted to partner in April 2021 after serving as a lawyer.
She has significant experience in advising fund sponsors on their core fundraising activities, structuring and raising UK and international private equity funds and separate account mandates. Its clients include institutional investors, entrepreneurs and family offices. across a variety of assets, including credit, infrastructure and real estate.
Kirkland’s investment funds partner Christopher Braunack said the hiring of Gokah “will bring a significant additional senior resource to our European and global fundraising practice, particularly in relation to infrastructure funds and real estate, at a time when these asset classes are becoming more attractive to institutional investors in light of current macro-economic conditions.
Kirkland’s European investment fund practice now has over 25 partners as it continues to strengthen its ranks. Rivals and peers recently said the company has adopted specific regulations strategy for the practice of European funds, to “take the number two of all the numbers one”.
As a result of this strategy, many believe that many firms’ succession plans for their own London European legal fund succession plans have been disrupted.
Over the past three years, several strong partners have joined Kirkland’s European fund practice, including Edward Prestwich by MacfarlanesAmy Fox by Simpson ThacherRaphael Bloch in Paris by Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Andy Shore by Proskauer Rose.
Gokah will reunite with former Ashurst colleague Alexander Cox in his move. Cox, whose hire was announced by Kirkland in November 2021, will start with the company in September.